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Renewable Fuel Standard plays ‘key role’ in biodiesel growth

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National Biodiesel Board CEO Donnell Rehagen noted the sustainable growth of the biodiesel industry on the 16th anniversary of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Rehagen said the RFS has played a keystone role in decarbonising the US diesel fuel supply.
He urged policymakers to continue supporting its future growth.
He said: “The RFS has been crucial to growing the advanced biofuel industry, and it will remain essential for future decarbonisation efforts across the country.
“The RFS supported the sustainable growth of a three billion gallon market for biodiesel and renewable diesel that has cut 143.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions over the past decade. We cannot afford to lose ground now.
“This policy should support continued growth of advanced biofuels as our industry strives to reach 6 billion gallons by 2030.”
Created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded to specifically include biodiesel and renewable diesel, jet fuel, and heating oil under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the RFS drives the development of advanced biofuels that reduce carbon emissions from some of the hardest economic sectors to decarbonise.
Made from a diverse array of feedstocks, biodiesel and renewable diesel are renewable, clean-burning diesel replacements that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 74% on average while creating domestic jobs and reducing air pollutants linked to cancer, asthma and other health conditions.
These fuels are the first commercially available nationwide to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of an advanced biofuel under the RFS.